One of my local favorite novels this fall is “The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving” by Bainbridge Island writer Jonathan Evison. It tells the story of a grieving young father who has lost his children in a freak accident – to survive, he takes a job as caregiver to a teenager with muscular dystrophy.
Sounds like a downer? This novel is sad, but it’s also terribly funny (Evison is a gifted comic) and ultimately uplifting. Evison discusses his novel tonight on “Well Read,” the books and authors program on TVW, the state public access channel. You can see it at 7 and 10 tonight, or you can view it here:
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But wait: there’s more on Evison. Here’s a Seattle Times Q&A with him; a review of the book and Evison’s own first-person account of why he wrote the novel.